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looking ahead to 7:00, the latest on the election drama in afghanistan and how it could complicate the world of the united states there. an expert on foreign policy will join us live. coming up at 8:00, he can do complicated mh problems in his head faster than any person in the world. man known as the human calculator will join us live and it's not even steve chenevey. >> no, not even close. the inspirational story of mattie stepanek told through the eyes of his mother. >> fox 5 morning news is just getting started. good morning. it is november 3rd, election day. i'm gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. welcome to fox 5 morning news.
it is 5:00 on this tuesday morning. want to say good morning to tony perkins as well and get a look at the forecast. >> it is a little bit chilly with temperatures in the 30s in parts of the viewing area. get used to that. we'll see that again tonight. let's take a look at what is going on out there. we'll show you the satellite- radar. we have mostly clear skies across the region so cooler temperatures, maybe a little frost here and there, particularly we'll you out to the east in eastern maryland and well out towards the west and western maryland and a little bit of ro and maybe some fog. reagan national airport reporting a temperature of 45 degrees. relative humidity at 90%. winds are out of the southwest at three miles per hour. you will feel the winds pick up a little bit later on today. forecast for today, more sunshine than we've seen
recently. wind will shift out of the north and west about 10 to 15 miles per hour. high again about 62 degrees. we'll have more details coming up. >> should be a good day to go to the polls. >> absolutely right. >> let's check in with julie wright for traffic. >> we are already checking for a crash along southbound i-95. right now, if you are traveling in maryland, lanes are open traveling the top strep of the beltway between college park and bethesda. southbound 270 still in the clear. accident activity reported on the southbound side of i-95 before you reach 7100. if you are northbound, all lanes are open as you continue from dale city up towards the capital beltway. overnight, it was a crash at 17th near falmouth involving a jackknifed tractor-trailer. follow police direction to get by. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. it is election day and in just i little while, voters in
virginia and maryland will cast their ballots for races big and small. >> the polls in maryland open at 7:00 in virginia. all eyes will be on the race for governor in the commonwealth. sarah simmonss joining us live from anen dale with more on this election. this has larger ramifications, doesn't it? >> reporter: it certainly does. as you said, it is just under an hour that these polls will open. i'm few workers have shown up. so far, we haven't even anyone but it is still early. the big race is the race for governor between republican bob mcdonnell and democrat creigh deeds. creigh deeds was just crisscrossing the state yesterday all over virginia from share slotsville to further down south plus also up here in alexandria with the help of governor tim kaine where he was trying to make up some ground in this campaign. deeds ended the night in alexandria while bob mcdonnell
started his morning in alexandria. he has enjoyed a double digit lead in the polls for quite some time now. both were really pushing their message, what they had to offer as governor. but mcdonnell also was wanting people not to put too much trust in these polls. >> running for governor because i want to create opportunity, prosperity and hope in every corner of the commonwealth. it is northern more than just a slogan for me. it is matter how many all- americans or how many all-pros. it is all about who shows up on game day and elects are the same. the entire country is really watching to see just exactly how the democrats do after the sweep they really had last november in the election. everyone is curious to see how they will do in this one. we're live in annandale, sarah simmons, fox 5 news. virginia's gubernatorial race is the big one but virginians are also choosing a lieutenant governor and
attorney general and all 100 seats in the house of delegates. over in maryland, voters in several cities will choose mayors. if you would like a complete list of all of these races, can you find them on our web site, myfoxdc.com. click on politics. the other big races to keep an eye on include the new jersey governor's race. democratic incumbent jon corzine is trying to fend off chris christie. in upstate new york, vice president joe biden is campaigning for democrat bill owens. stay tuned to fox 5. we'll be live in richmond, virginia tonight during our 10:00 p.m. newscast as they await the results. we're physical ago i developing story out of prince william county this morning where police are trying to piece together what appears to be a murder-suicide. investigators say a father returned to his home along
oakdale circle in triang toll find his 17-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old man dead in a bedroom. both had gunshot wounds p they were students at forest park high school and counselors are expected to be at that school today. gunshots scattered a sense of security in downtown silver spring and now police are looking for two men. both men apparently shot another man as he was walking out of gold's gym. the bullets pierced both of the victim's legs. the shooting happens during rush hour in a busy area. two men have been arrested and charged at a deadly shooting in howard county. it happened early sunday morning. at least 100 people were in and around the home when police say 22-year-old devon dixon of elk ridge opened fire killing one man and leaving another person critically injured. he has been charged with murder and is expected to be in court next month. the second man charged is out
of gail on bond. police say he drove the getaway car. new this morning, montgomery county firefighters called out if a home in rockville overnight. when they got to the scene, they say the people who lived there were trying to get back inside. they tried to save their pets. firefighters removed five people from the home. they are all okay this morning. they had a bird direction and sadly, 22 par rots, parakeets and finchs died in the fire. one parakeet was found alive. the cause of the fire could have been an electrical problem according to firefighters. seconds away from seven minutes after 5:00. major claims from north korea concerning its nuclear program. >> the north stepping up its threats. a massive recall affecting beef sold in our area. we'll tell you if you need to throw out what is in your freezer. you are watching fox 5 morning news. p
over the future of its nuclear ambitions. this morning, afghan president hamid karzai is promising to root out election. the u.n. is welcoming the decision that proclaimed karzai president and president obama personally called karzai. >> i emphasized that this has to be a point in time in which we begin to write a new chapter. he assured me that he understood the importance of this moment but, as i indicated to him, the proof is not going to be in words. it will be in deeds. >> thesays despite the canceled election, president obama's decision on troop levels in afghanistan still could be several weeks away. the man accused of lying to federal agents investigating an alleged terr afact on new york city pleaded not guilty. the fbi arrested him in september in connection with
the investigation of najibull zazi. prosecutors say this man tipped zazi off about the investigation and len then lied about t. the bay bridge in san francisco has now reopened. closure caused commuter headaches for six days as crews scrambled to replace two rods and a crossbar. they had snapped sending 5,000 pounds of metal crashing into traffic. one person was hurt and three cars were damaged. it was the longest closure of the bridge in 0 years. the last one was following the loma prieta earthquake. we have an assumer alert. some ground beef in your freezer may be on the recall list. coming up next, we have important information you will want to know. some important developments concerning swine flu clinics. some are being canceled. >> we expect a good amount of sunshine. i think you'll like that. julie wright is here to tell us how the morning commute is going. stay with us. : gge nre ys
45 minutes left before the polls open for elects in virginia. the polls show creigh deeds trailing bob mcdonnell. mcdonnell will be in the hampton roads area. it is not just the gubernatorial race that we'll be watching. there are votes for the lieutenant governor and all 100 house of delegates seats. we have complete list of effect who is running plus the latest on all of today's races on our web site, myfoxdc.com. click on politics under the news tap. let's check in with tony with a look at our forecast for today. >> i don't think you have a complete list of everyone running. i'm running for president of my
household. >> good luck to you. >> i'm trailing. >> as expected. the pollsters were right on. >> as always. we've got pretty decent weather conditions in store for today. that will be a good one. we'll take a look. we'll show you weather headlines. forecast not really that bad. we've got a cold front headed our way that will change things later today. a quiet start to november so far. what we are going to be seeing is a cool dry week expected. freezing temperatures possible tonight for the viewing area. right now, the weekend looks dry. here is a look at the temperatures around the region. currently, 0s and 40s. we'll see more of this tonight. 45degrees near washington. 7 up in gaithersburg. 37 in frederick. martinsburg is at # 3 degrees. culpeper, 4 degrees. off to the east, we've got cool
air in place, temperatures primarily in the 40s there. here a look at the satellite- radar. pick is different than it was saturday morning. we've got clear skies across e region. you will find a little bit of fog here and there but for the most part, skies are clear, look good. this is a frontal system, a cold front that will come through here later on today. when it does t will bring a few clouds. we don't think it will trigger precipitation in our area. maybe tonight, a brief sprinkle or shower into tomorrow but not a big chance of that. what it will do is we'll have the winds shift out of the northwest and we'll feel the temperatures begin to drop tonight. the forecast for washington for today looks like this. mostly sunny skies becoming breezy. high today about 62. and we think we'll get that relative heat. i know it is not warm, in advance of the front. then things will start to drop off. tonight, clear and cold. patchy frost is possible. overnight low in town, 39 degrees. that means your lows could be
in the low and mid-30s in parts of the outlying suburbs. here is your five-day forecast. tomorrow, 55. in fact, for the next several days, highs will be in the 50s. overnight lows primarily in the 30s. there is that brief chance of a shower wednesday into thursday andhen saturday we'll see 60 degrees for a high. that is a look at what is happening with the weather. now, let's get an update on traffic. for that, we go to julie wright. >> you are running for president of the perkins house old? >> yes, i am. do i have your vote. >> the family dog even has more votes than you. did i mention you don't have a dog? >> i don't have a dog and you're probably right. >> good luck withhat. >> thank you. >> all right. we're out on the roads this morning. not looking so bad. we have lanes open if you are traveling the top stretch of the beltway leaving college park headed into silver spring. light traffic volume right now. if you are traveling southbound on i-95 in virginia, had a crash reported near the exit
for backlick fullerton. eastbound 66 coming in from industry enarc all lane are open as you travel eastbound towards the capital beltway. 66 from manassas all the way in nice and clear. overnight construction between gallows road and 236 has been cleared. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. before awe commuter alert for metro riders coming up this week. it is weeknight service that will be slowed down now. all this month, the trans its agency is making repairs on the red, blue, orange and yellow lines. crews will work sunday through thursday after 9:30 p.m. riders should expect 20 to 30 minute delays. from the rails to the skies, if you are flying home for the holidays, you better get ready for skyrocketing fares. the airlines are hiking their holiday surcharges to an extra $20 each way doubling charges we told but three weeks ago. the travel site best fares.com says delta, american, united, u.s. airways and northwest all increased their costs. now to a con up -- to a
consumer alert for something you may have in your freezer. some beef was distributed in september to stores from virginia to maine. federal investigators say two deaths and 26 other illnesses may be related to that contaminated beef. and now to swine flu fears in montgomery county. there is a shortage of the vaccine in montgomery county. that has forced county leaders to cancel some clinics. right now, only pregnant women with an appointment can receive a vaccine and you an go to myfoxdc.com for complete coverage of the swine flu pandemic. click on the swine flu tab for changes to the rules at local clinics and also you will find symptoms to look out if and prevention tips. making headlines this more than, a surprise found inside a bag of letce. still ahead, see what one come found that left her startled. that is coming up in just 15 minutes. up next, an emotional home coming in new york as people greet a battleship filled with special meaning. stay with us. time now is 5:21. more and more,
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a fly ball into right. back at the wall. utley, 3-1 philadelphia. >> the world series is headed back to the bronx. chas utley hit two home runs after the night as the phillies beat the yankees 8-6. utley has five home runs in the series which ties reggie jackson's record and can you catch game six here on fox 5. our coverage begins at 7:30. caps star alec ovechkin is expected to miss tomorrow's game with new jersey due to an injury. he and to hurt his left shoulder or arm in the last
game. he is listed as week to week. the boss, bruce sprince screen and the e street band performed last night at the verizon center. bruce and t band here in d.c. last night now on their way to charlotte, north carolina. to new york now where a giant ship was at the center of an emotional day in manhattan. brand-new u.s.s. new york is build with steel salvaged from the world trade center towers. we have more in this report. >> reporter: like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the u.s.s. new york makes its way towards lower manhattan greeted with bagpipes. the arrival is a home coming of sorts. the bow of the $1 billion ship contains more than seven tons of steel from the fallen towers. the u.s.s. new york stopped by ground zero as the crew stood at attention on the deck of the battleship. there was a 21-gun salute to honor the victims of 9-11.
a crowd of people watched as the massive vessel made its way along the hudson river. for many, the ship's arrival was emotional. >> it was very moving and i'm not from new york. this is my first time in new york city and it was just very moving. >> reporter: nicky cross, a retired new york city firefighter, was brought to tears by the ship's arrival. >> it is quite emotional for me. as you can see. >> reporter: cross helped pull victims and rubble from ground zero. >> i feel part of that ship. i worked there for nine months during the recovery. >> reporter: he attended ship's commissioning earlier. the ship will head o its new home port in virginia where it will remain for about a year for crew training and exercises. our top story, it is election day here. sarah simmons is on that for us. good morning. >> good morning. the polls open in virginia in just under ha an hour and the
entire country is watching one very big race here. i'm sarah simmons. i'll have the details in a live report coming up when fox 5 morning news returns. - ( music playing ) - now's the time to invest. in lumber. in rubber. in bellies. and precious metals. it's time to put everything you have into your 10k. your 5k. and even your 1k. and, of course, you can never go wrong with futures.
that is an interesting picture. really cool. >> the moon was beautiful this morning. is it a full moon? >> it is a full moon. what is this moon called? >> the hunter's moon. >> the hunter's moon? that is a beautiful odd picture but it is beautiful. all right. we do have some low-lying fog across portions of the area so that makes for a pretty morning but it will slow you down in some places like at the bridges. take a look at the satellite- radar. for the most part, except for low-lying fog, we have clear skies. you will see the bright moon early this morning. and nothing in the way of precipitation nor do we really expect to see any. our current temperatures are rather cold across the region. we have many folks in the 30s. here in d.c., we are at 45 degrees and as you head up and down the east coast, norfolk, virginia, 5 # degrees. new york city at 47 degrees. your day planner for today, not a bad day but a day of transation as a cold front will
work its way throughhe course of the day. -- norfolk, virginia, 53 degrees. we should get up to around 62 degrees for a high. those temperatures will start dropping back off into the 30s eventually winding up in the 30s tonight. >> thank you. >> my pleasure. >> let's check in with julie on this election day. >> not a lot happening right now. we're kind of of quiet in maryland as the you travel along southbound 95 and 295 out of laurel working your way down towards the capital beltway. the beltway itself looks great traveling between college park and bethesda. southbound 270 at speed out towards the split. in virgia, northbound 395 at speed trying to get past edsall road. it was a crash southbound 95 in newington but that has been
cleaned up. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. it is election day and the poll are about to open in virginia and maryland. >> the polls in maryland open at 7:00. in virginia? just about 28 minutes and all eyes will be on the race for governor in virginia. sarah simmons is in annandale this morning where voters will be casting ballots. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. just under a half hour now until the polls open. poll workers are here putting out the signs and that type of thing right now but things are relatively quiet for the time being. but that should change here in the next half hour hopefully. now, as you said, the big race that everybody is watching here around the country is the race for governor between republican bob mcdonnell and democrat creigh deeds. deeds yterday really crisscrossed the state of virginia going from charlottesville down further south to virginia beach and then ending up in alexandria with the help of governor tim kaine with him along his side. he was really trying to gain
some ground that he has kind of lost over this campaign. mcdonnell began his morning here in alexandria. he has been really enjoying double digit leads in the polls for quite some time but both of them really push the message, their message as to why they would be the best governor and also, they are both saying why people should not put too much trust in the polls. >> tv commercials have been cut. the radio commercials are about done. the slick glossy flyers are in the mailbox. at least i hope they're in the mailbox by now. so it is now the ground game. ments the two-minute drill. it is the 30 second drill and you are the team. >> look at the polls and sometime i feel like the most decorated marine in the history of the corps when he was trapped in korea in december of 1950, that is right? >> yeah. >> december of 1950. he called his troops together
and he said okay, guys, they're in front of us, they a behind us. they're on our right, on our left. we got them just where we wanted them. >> that was the last-minute push from yesterday. the polls do close here in virginia but of course, this is a race that is going to be talked about all day. everyone watches to see exactly how the democrats will do in this race, see if they will still have the momentum coming off the big election last november. we're live in annandale, sarah simmons, fox 5 news. back to you. virginia's gubernatorial race is the big one but virginians are also choosing a lieutenant governor, an attorney general, and all 100 seats in the house of delegates. in maryland, votes in several cities will choose a mayor. for a complete list of the races under way go to myfoxdc.com and click on politics. the other big race to keep an eye on today include the new jersey governor's race where
republican chris christie is challenging democratic incumbent jon corzine. in upstate new york, vice president joe biden has joined the fight for a congressional seat. he is campaigning for democrat bill owens. we'll have the latest on all of today's races on myfoxdc.com. click on politics under the news tab. can you stay tuned to fox 5. we'll be live in richmond during our 10:00 newscast with both parties as they wait on the results. police are investigating what they say could be a murder- suicide. a father retned to his home along oakdale circumstance until triangle last night to find his 17-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old man dead in the bedroom. both had gunshot wounds. police are still trying to figure out a motive for the shootings. the victims attended forest park high school. a crowded street in the height of rush hour currented into a crime scene and now the
search is to find a man who opened fire outside of gold's jim in silver spring. as a man walked out of the gym, two men approached him and one shot him in the leg. police say despite this happening on a crowded downtown silver spring street, there are no other witnesses. the gay marriage debate marchs on in the district. right now, the city council is considering a bill to lgalize smeax marriage and those for and against it came out to a hearing yesterday to express their opinions actually lot of speakers were residents who support the bill but critics say they oppose it on religous ground and they say it should be put to a public vote. more than 100 people testified before the council in the first hearing last week. councilmember are expected to vote on that matter by the end of the year. making headlines today, a surprise in a bag of lettuce. see what hopped out of one woman's bag and what she did with it. still ahead, dangers of your car's power windows that can be more of a threat than you might think.
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welcome back. polls open in virginia in just about 15 minutes. all eyes are on the race for governor there and the entire country as a matter of fact is waiting to see whether democratic candidate creigh deeds can watch up to republican bob mcdonnell. mcdonnell has been leading in the polls. republicans are hoping to regain political ground from the commonwealth. >> other races to watch, virginians also voting on lieutenant governor, attorney general and all seats in the house of delegates. in maryland, several local races including mayoral races in bowie, gaithersburg, takoma park, rockville and annapolis. for the complete list of local races go to myfoxdc.com and click on politics. and for a list of candidates plus the latest updates to all of these races today, go to the web site also and found that under the news tab, that is where you'll find politics.
the polls open in virginia in about 15 minutes. not a bad start to the day for people who may want to head out earlier. >> i think what tuck he were said earlier is wear a jacket. if you are standing in line, it is cold outside this morning. you want to be ware of that. let's take a look at the bus stop forecast. temperatures in the 40s, even in the 0s in some of the outlying locations. mostly sunny though once the sun comes up at 6:38 this morning. a cool start to the day. here is a look at the current temperatures around the region and again, as said, 40s and 30s. 45 here in washington. 44 in annapolis, gaithersburg at 37 degrees as is frederick, maryland. in virgia, 39 degrees out at dulles airport. manassas, 36 degrees. fredericksburg, it is 40 at this hour. a look at the satellite-radar. we've got mostly clear skies. we do have fog and i think we have more fog right now thoon we had when i was coming into
work at 3:30 this morning. we do see fog in some of the low-lying areas and where you've got the water along the potomac river, some of the creeks and streams and the like. you wanted to be aware of that. aside from that, clear skies. the satellite doesn't pick up the fog for the most part. here is a look at the surface map. today, not a bad day but a day of transition because this is a cold front out to the west knocking on our door. it will come through here later on today. once it does, the winds will shift out of the northwest and we'll see cooler temperatures begin to work their way in. so the forecast for today looks like this. mostly sunny skies. becoming breezy. 62degrees for your high. i think we get there before the front comes through and then when the front comes through, wind pick up a little bit out of the northwest. those temperatures start to drop late in the afternoon and during the evening. 55 for your high tomorrow. 39 tonight is your low downtown. so it will be a cold night. same wednesday night, maybe some sprinkles wednesday into thursday. rest of the week looks to be cool and dry. that is what is happening with
the weather. an update on traffic from julie wright. >> we're checking out the ride along 66 and right now, we do have the lanes open as you travel in from man as is headed eastbound towards 50 fair oaks. checking for a crash right now before you reach the exit for 123 in vienna. we'll keep you posted on what we find here in our next report. lanes are open traveling between annandale and merrifield. here we are southbound 270 out of hyattstown. already starting to see t volume increase and slow just a bit. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. we could be in for another volatile day on wall street as the federal reserve wraps up a two-day policy meeting. monday brought some wild springs with the dow eventually closing up nearly 77 points. the nasdaq climbed four. and overseas in tokyo, the nikkei dropped nearly 232. toyota says ithas been
cleared following a massive floor mat recall. they are not at risk of getting stuck in the gas pedal if they are installed correctly. now to another consumer warning the one consume are group says your car could be a guillotine on wheels. the group says most cars don't have protection tstop kids from getting caught in the power windows. it has killed some children. melanie alnwick explains the safety feature costs less than a meal. >> reporter: had tapped to reese bower. >> i live with it every day and i cry myself to sleep. >> reporter: also iwright. >> he blamed myself. he can't talk to us. he has to fight for everything that he does. >> reporter: and david knoll. >> david was only four years old and had so much life and love to give to everyone. it's just not fair. >> reporter: children killed or
injured by this, a car window closing on them. >> look how the it just snaps this. the force iincrible. >> reporter: the national highway traffic safety administration using traffic it says is from verifiable police and medical reports estimates five deaths and 1,000 injuries a year from power windows among children 14 and younger. based on its sampling of u.s. adults, the safety advocacy group kids and cars says the problem is much bigger than that. >> what we'll talk about is the mill yond and millions of people who are being injured by these guillotines on wheels. >> reporter: they are making changes. cars manufactured after october 2010 will be required to use the new pull to close switches like these. that will prevent accidents where kids inadvertently push a switch and get trapped in a closing window. it esn't address what happens when a distracted driver hits the close button on someone
else. >> i was thinking some my kid hey mom, my finger is stuck, i would just put the window down. >> you don't have time. the event will be over before you can reactivate the witch. >> reporter: so kids and cars wants to see a lot more of this technology. this would be standard in every window every new car sold. >> it only costs $6 per window and is that too much to ensure that our children are safe? >> the national highway transportation safety authority stands by its data and believes the new window switches plus requiring auto reverse on those one-touch windows will amatically reduce the injuries. if you would like to see which cars have these safety features and which ones do not, go to myfoxdc.com and click on the money page. soy they say beauty is only skin deep. coming up next, one local community is showing it has some pretty thick skin. >> maybe you heard about the web site that said hagerstown, maryland has some of the
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site fly ball into right. back at the wall. utley, 3-1 philadelphia. the world series head back to the grorchtion for game six. chase utley, two more home runs as the phillies beat the yankees 8-6. utley has five home runs in this series. that ties reggie jackson's world series records. you can catch game six here on fox 5 tomorrow night at 7:30. rob a while back, we told you about hagerstown getting dissed for its looks. now, the town is fighting back. a web site claimed that the men in hagerstown are the second ugliest in the entire country. >> they got together and a few
guys willing to be calendar boys. harstown now putting its best face forward. beth parker has the story. >> reporter: gabe fortman is feeling a bit more hollywood these days. hollywood in hagerstown. >> i'm getting razzed by my friends. >> reporter: teases because this 5-year-old mortgage officer has been asked to pose if a calendar. that made him want to check his own calendar to make sure it wasn't april fool's day. >> this has got to be a joke. >> reporter: n joke, icon graphics and thomas radially photography have teamed up. two week ago, the web site total beauty.com declared hagerstown's guys among the ugliest in the nation. the web cited says hagerstown has too many smokers, too many fat guys and too few college degrees. >> we you canned about how we can combat this image and promote our community which we love as well as debunking all of these myths about ourselves. >> reporter: how did they find the guys for the calendar, good
old-fashioned hard work. they searched the whole town. >> it was really rough. wait until they get my expense report. >> she apriechdlet of strangers. >> it was awkward buzz i would have to walk up to the table of guys at one of our pubs and say hey, do you guys live in hagerstown. >> i didn't know what to think. i was just like -- . >> they took the photographs at local landmarks like the john hager house. >> that is the actual house that the founder of hagerstown lived in. >> we have so much beauty and culture around us and people tend for forget that. >> reporter: the money raised from calendar sales will go it a local nonprofit called reach that helps the need iyi. >> with the way the economy is right now, everyone needs a little push a little help. i think it is good to get out there and help everyone that needs to be helped. >> reporter: as to the calendar helping with the dating scene, ten of the 12 guys are single. >> i'm sure it can't hurt. >> in hagerstown, maryland, beth parker, fox 5 news. >> you can see the photos or